Styling my Bump

As I mentioned in a previous post… I am EXPECTING!!

It has been super exciting watching my baby grow and the place that I have seen that growth the most is in my belly. It has been quite frustrating at times when getting dressed in the morning because I am really at a stage between my regular clothes and maternity clothes. Some mornings I can button my pants just fine, but here lately, I find myself stretching a ponytail holder or rubber band through my button hole to its limit.

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No matter how frustrating it may be, though, my belly is only going to get bigger so I have a few tips that I have learned to share with you!!

1. When in Doubt, Oversize it!!

I have always been drawn to oversized tops and cardigans. I love the mix of baggy with fitted and since my pants of choice are usually skinnies, it is my tops that become baggy. This has become very useful in my pregnancy because I have many tops already in my wardrobe that work, not only now, but further into my pregnancy. Here are a few examples of some of my larger tops and cardis and how I have styled them with my new accessory: a baby bump!!

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2. Buy a Size Larger!!

This is tip that I have discovered that really only works with tops. Pants either fit, or they don’t which is why I have already invested in a few pair of maternity pants. I find that if I am comfortable with my pants then I feel a little more put together and not so disheveled. Tops, however, are a different story. As a girl who loves to shop I have not been able to stop, even though I am pregnant. Instead I have found myself buying one size larger. Since I am purchasing regular tops instead of maternity tops, I will be able to wear them after my pregnancy. They also will fit perfectly with my belief in oversized items!! Remember my motto… “When it Doubt, Oversize it!!” Here are a few examples of tops that I have recently purchased in a larger size.

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3. Don’t be Afraid of Fit! Show Off That Bump!

When I was keeping my pregnancy a secret I tried to steer clear of my tops that were more fitted. I started showing early so I wore my bigger clothes for a while. Now that everyone is aware of my pregnancy, I am taking full advantage of my tees and showing off my little bump!! I am finally too a point where I don’t feel sick all of the time and I can feel my little bundle moving around. I feel great so why not show off this huge blessing??!! Don’t be scared of what people will say or how you look! Know that you look fabulous and that you are just showing off your superpower… growing a new life!! Here are a few of my fitted tee looks.

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4. Accessorize!!

Nothing shows off your new bump better than accessories!! I have found myself drawn to accessories even more than usual during my pregnancy. I love how scarves frame my little bundle and a lot of my necklaces hit at just the right spot on my belly. I have even made a necklace to show when I am due (pictured with the orange top)! Accessories have always made me feel great, so on a day when I am even more tired than usual they are a perfect, easy pick-me-up! Check out my accessories in these outfits!

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5. Add a Jacket or Cardi

I am absolutely loving jacket and cardigans this pregnancy because they fit my belly!! I have never been one to button up a jacket or cardigan so it doesn’t really matter than my belly (and my boobs) have gotten bigger. My cardis still fit and are a great way to add some life to an outfit. Luckily, I have only gained weight in my belly so I have not had to worry about bigger arms. I am hoping (fingers-crossed!!) that I will remain this lucky so I can keep on dressing up my outfits with all my cute cardis. Check out the cardis in these outfits!

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I hope that you have enjoyed these tips!! Remember that these are only my tips and suggestions and if they don’t work for you, then try to find something that does. Just like ever regular body type, every pregnant body type is different. I struggles for weeks, and even still struggle, with days of exhaustion, frustration and a feeling of being disheveled, but these few pointers at least helped me to get to work in one piece!! Please feel free to leave me any questions or comments below and I also would love to hear your tips!!

Thanks for Being So Fabulous!!

XOXO,

Mrs. Fowler

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